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Kent State Selects Goodyear Executive Professor (07/20/2009)

Kent State University announced the selection of Rosalind Thompson as the 20th Goodyear Executive Professor. Thompson is currently a principal at Orange Hill Associates, Cleveland, Ohio, where she serves as a human resources consultant. She will replace current Goodyear executive professor Gregory Hackett at the beginning of the school year in late August, 2009.

The Goodyear Executive Professorship was established at Kent State University’s College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Management in 1973 by The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. Under the direction of Charles J. Pilliod, then the chairman and chief executive officer of Goodyear, the position was intended, and continues, to provide a bridge between the academic and business communities.

“By bringing in experienced corporate executives as the Goodyear executive professor we are able to educate and enhance the preparedness of our students through the examination and mastery of ‘real world’ aspects of business,” says Yank Heisler, dean of the business school. “Rosalind brings to us a valuable set of experiences gained over a successful career and will have the unique opportunity to touch hundreds of freshmen in the ‘Exploring Business’ classes. Her human resources experience will lend a welcome perspective since that field is at the front lines in today’s economy.”

At Orange Hill Associates, Thompson formed the human resources consulting arm of the business to provide specialized human resources and training support to a variety of companies. Thompson also served as senior vice president and executive vice president of human resources at Jo-Ann Stores, Inc., of Hudson, Ohio, for 13 years.

“This is a wonderful opportunity and the next logical step for my career. I look forward to being able to bring some real-world examples to students to help educate tomorrow’s business leaders,” Thompson says. “Working as a consultant could be looked at as being an educator, but I’m really excited to work with our youth and help them become the problem solvers needed in every successful business.”

Thompson’s leadership and educational philosophy is, “A business day is a series of problems that must be resolved by a student’s ability to think, plan and act.” This, she says, “will hold them in good stead.”

Thompson holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and psychology from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wis.


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